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Te Ao o te Māori

David Brennan has made a life and a living from cultural tourism. Through global financial crises, earthquakes, and now a global pandemic, he has faced them all with tenacity and enthusiasm.

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Aukaha

He Reka te Kūmara is an exhibition based on the foundation of mātauraka Māori, co-curated by four wāhine toa; Piupiu Maya Turei (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi), Madison Kelly (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe), Mya Morrison Middleton (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāi Tahu) and Aroha Novak (Ngāi te Rangi, Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu).

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Review

There is something undeniably special about Kia Kaha: A storybook of Māori who changed the world. The kaupapa of having Māori writers and Māori illustrators come together to tell Māori stories is easy to get behind and when I picture rangatahi sitting down with this pukapuka or parents picking a chapter to read aloud at bedtime, I also imagine the collective mauri of everyone involved in the living and telling of these stories.

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He Tangata
Liz Kereru

A blessing to be the youngest of five and raised by our parents, Te Ruahine and Johno Crofts, to be the person I am today. A wife and mother of three with 10 very spoilt mokopuna who are the delight of our lives. An educator of many kaupapa that are tikanga driven and an advocate of the whakataukī that I grew up with “Aroha ki te tangata, tētahi ki tētahi, ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa nō hea.”

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